Occupational Therapy, M.O.T.
COLLEGE OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND SOCIAL WORK
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Summer II: February 1
All applicants to the Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.)
program must apply via the Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). The system can be accessed at the OTCAS website. A supplemental application is also required to be submitted directly to Temple University.
Applications are processed throughout the year as they are received. Thus, it is in the applicant's best interest to apply early to this highly competitive degree program. Full admissions requirements and answers to frequently asked questions can be found at http://chpsw.temple.edu/ rs/occupational-therapy-program-master-occupational-therapy-mot/applying-mot-program.
Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 3
From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from evaluators, typically college/university faculty or an immediate work supervisor, who can provide insight into the applicant's aptitude for graduate study. These letters are to be submitted electronically through the OTCAS website.
Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:
Required coursework includes:
- Anatomy and Physiology I with lab
- Anatomy and Physiology II, Biology, or Neuroscience with lab
- Developmental Psychology or Lifespan Development
- Abnormal Psychology, Psychopathology, or Theories of Personality
- Introduction to Psychology or similar Psychology course
- Introduction to Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, or other Sociology course
- Statistics (based in the Social Sciences or Education is strongly preferred)
Please note that CLEP or AP courses are not accepted for prerequisites, and science courses must be four credits with labs and taken in person, not online. Prerequisite courses may be taken at your local community college or any accredited institution of higher education. These courses may be in progress at the time of application, but must be completed by the Spring semester prior to beginning the program.
Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:
All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate baccalaureate degree at Temple University for this entry-level master's degree program. Recommended undergraduate degree programs include Kinesiology, Pre-Health, Psychology, Therapeutic Recreation, or other programs within the Health or Social Sciences.
Statement of Goals:
A one-page Statement of Professional Plans and Goals should describe your reasons for choosing a career in Occupational Therapy. This goal statement is submitted electronically through OTCAS.
Standardized Test Scores:
The MAT or GRE is required. Scores must be in the top 50th percentile.
Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 100 iBT or 600 PBT.
Number of Didactic Credits Required: 67
Year 1/Second Summer Session
OTHR 5004: Professional Concepts I
OTHR 5005: Neuroanatomy
OTHR 5006: Human Physiology
Year 1/Fall Semester
OTHR 5001: Applied Development Across the Life Span
OTHR 5002: Occupation in the Promotion of Health
OTHR 5003: Applied Group Dynamics
OTHR 5007: Human Anatomy
OTHR 5008: Applied Kinesiology
OTHR 5011: Clinical Conditions I
Year 1/Spring Semester
OTHR 5012: Clinical Conditions II
OTHR 5019: Professional Concepts II
OTHR 5101: OT Theoretical Perspectives on Children
OTHR 5102: OT Theoretical Perspectives on Adults
OTHR 5111: OT Assessment and Intervention with Children
OTHR 5112: OT Assessment and Intervention with Adults
OTHR 5121: Specialty Rehabilitation Skills I [Splinting]
Year 2/Fall Semester
OTHR 5103: OT Theoretical Perspectives on Older Adults
OTHR 5113: OT Assessment and Intervention with Older Adults
OTHR 5122: Specialty Rehabilitation Skills II [AT]
OTHR 5151: Research Design and Methodology
OTHR 5161: Service Management and Marketing
OTHR 5191: Applied Research
Year 2/Spring Semester
OTHR 5987: Fieldwork Practicum I [Level II Fieldwork] (Jan.-March)
OTHR 5988: Fieldwork Practicum II [Level II Fieldwork] (April-June)
Internship: Fieldwork is undertaken in several courses. Two 3-month, full-time supervised clinical fieldwork experiences are required. Level II Fieldwork (OTHR 5987 and OTHR 5988) is full-time for six months and must be completed within 24 months of successful completion of all academic courses. Students’ career goals are considered in the assignment of clinical sites. A variety of excellent fieldwork settings are available regionally and nationally. International fieldwork experiences are offered on a limited basis.
Language Examination: No language examination is required.
Program Contact Information:
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
Occupational Therapy Program
3307 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140
About the Program
The M.O.T. is a 67-credit, full-time program that begins in July and takes two years to complete, including six months of supervised fieldwork. Students take courses in Anatomy, Clinical Conditions, Human Development, Neuroanatomy, Occupation in the Promotion of Health, and Physiology. In the professional component of the program, students study professional issues; theories; and the assessment and intervention of children, adults, and older adults. The service delivery component of the program includes Research Design and Methodology as well as Service Management and Delivery.
Time Limit for Degree Completion: 2 years
The program is full-time and year-round.
Bridging the Gaps is an interdisciplinary, paid, service learning project available to students during the second summer of the program.
Students must engage in supervised clinical fieldwork. A variety of excellent fieldwork settings are available regionally and nationally. International fieldwork experiences are offered on a limited basis.
The M.O.T. program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. ACOTE can be reached at 301-652-2682.
Areas of Specialization:
The M.O.T. program prepares clinicians to enter the Occupational Therapy profession as generalists with emphasis in pediatrics, adults, and older adults.
Information and advisement are provided as needed to graduates of the M.O.T. program.
Graduates of the M.O.T. program are qualified to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination leading to the designation Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR).
Non-Matriculated Student Policy:
M.O.T. coursework is available only to full-time matriculated students.
Limited scholarships and financial aid are available to students. For information on financial aid, please contact Student Financial Services at 215-707-2667.